David Glenn Cox -- World News Trust
Aug. 29, 2011 -- I’m going to tell you a story today, it’s a story about you and me and it’s a story about a father and son.
In a larger sense it’s a story about America because a story like this only happens in America. I doubt that it happens even in Third World countries but it might happen in places like India where people live in wretched poverty, and it might happen during times of war or famine, but this is America, isn’t it?
On July 11, an 11-year-old boy awoke from his bed to find that his father was gone. The boy found two notes left behind, the first instructed the boy to take his play station and go to the neighbor’s house. The second note asked the neighbors to take his son in because the father was no longer financially able to care for his son.
The note to the neighbors explained that the father was unable to find work and that their home was about to be foreclosed and they would be homeless. I say that it is a story about America because most governments wouldn’t allow their people to become so degraded, or as my mother used to say, “Good jobs make nice neighbors,” or maybe in the current vernacular, "When you treat people like sh*t they act like sh*t."
This is America, and because this is America do you know whose fault this is? Why it is this man's own fault, of course. We have 24-hour running propaganda networks to teach and to train our people to hate one another. They preach that the mortgage crisis was caused by people buying homes that they couldn’t afford when the truth is that people lost jobs that they couldn’t replace.
The father, Steven Cross is 60 years old and is an architect by trade. If he began working as an architect when he was 21-years-old, it means he was a positive contributing member of society for 39 years. Rather than buying a home he couldn’t afford, Cross had owned his home since 1995, more than half the term of a conventional 30-year mortgage.
A bank purchased the Cross home recently for $336,925 and there will be no criticism of the bank on big brother TV. No commentary about the bank buying the property for $336,925 and expecting to turn a tidy profit on the property. The bank is using their monetary advantage to crush families and to push people over the edge in the holy name of profit. Millions of American families are struggling and suffering and America’s banks flush with new cash borrowed at near zero interest rates see that suffering as a profit potential.
Cross also owed $35,000 to finance companies since 2007. Does this story begin to have a familiar ring to it? A debt amassed while trying to hold on, hoping against hope, hoping for something good to happen and waiting for hope and change and receiving only buckets full of more of the same. The police investigating Cross’s computer found a reservation for a motel in California. A private investigation firm has offered free assistance in tracking him down because to the state Cross is only a criminal and not a victim.
"Hence I have no mercy or compassion in me for a society that will crush people, and then penalize them for not being able to stand up under the weight." --Malcolm X
President Obama laughed off banker’s bonuses by comparing them to professional athlete’s salaries, but this case clearly illustrates just how these seven-figure bonuses are earned, not by stuffing a ball through a hoop or hitting a ball over a fence, but by crushing our people. About a month after his disappearance a women reported to police that Cross had contacted her by E-mail from a library saying he left his son and was depressed and sleeping in the streets.
"I probably only have a couple of days," Cross said in the email. "No one I called would help me.... I didn't know what to do. I am scared and hopelessly depressed.'"
As would be expected the right wingers in their role as most hateful nation unleashed a barrage of scorn upon Cross. It is standard fare in America that if you haven’t been mauled or eaten by the predators in the jungle to then declare yourself smarter than all the other monkeys. An ironic Christian right version of Social Darwinism that says if you get mauled or eaten by circumstances it’s your own fault alone, Christ once said that this world wasn’t his but to the Christian right this world is perfect and its you who are defective. Maybe you should have gone to church more or prayed harder.
I’m not defending Cross, but I’m not condemning him either, I see him as a man pushed over the edge by predatory economic system and ignored by impotent uncaring corporate federal government that doesn’t give a damn about our people. It sounds to me like Cross is having a mental break down. He isn’t a criminal, he’s a victim just like John Valjean. A man caught in circumstances beyond his control and as his life began to unravel he made the wrong decisions.
Victor Hugo’s novel “Les Misérables” literally means “The Miserable Ones” I think that is applicable to the Cross case. Men are expected by society to be bread winners and when they fail in that role regardless of circumstances it is a blow to the psyche and self esteem. It is appears likely that Cross had succeeded in that role of bread winner for decades and now like millions of other men and women in this country that ability has been stripped away from him until he felt himself naked and without options.
2.9 million homes were in foreclosure last year and big bother media excoriates the victims and laments the poor struggling banks. The right blames Barney Frank and the left blames George W. Bush and all sides seem to forget that these aren’t just numbers or buildings, these are people’s lives. This little boy will never get to be 11 years old again and his experience is a more severe example of what is going on daily in America and yet there are worse examples still.
Perhaps I have a soft spot in my heart for Cross because I too have lost a home and I too have been unable to support myself. I have felt that helplessness and I have made those phone calls for help only to be told that I don’t qualify for this reason or that.
The other day I was reading one of my favorite news sites and there was a headline that questioned whether Republican Rick Perry could obtain an erection due to a cocaine habit. I thought to myself could Rick Perry’s political positions be so concrete and inviolate that we have no other grounds of attack? On another website they had photoshopped Dick Cheney into a Conan the Barbarian outfit, Yeah that’s showing em! Take that Dick Cheney! You’re a war criminal and your actions have harmed millions of lives around the world, but boy, have I got a funny picture of you!
The President will propose over the Labor Day weekend a Republican supported jobs program that amounts to corporate slavery where the unemployed work for their unemployment checks and corporations will derive free labor. Another Obama program suggests that the federal government renovate 290,000 government home in foreclosure and then sell them to Real Estate Investment trusts. The program claims that it will help to stabilize the Real Estate market by converting more than a quarter of a million private homes to rental units owned by banks.
It makes me so damn mad that you ought to see the derogatory picture I’ve drawn of the President. I’ll show him he can’t get away with this! This country is in fact a corporate one-party state with two wings. It is a government that has abandoned its people to the vicissitudes of fate, it has neither care nor concern for the people’s suffering.
The answer to this crisis is neither funny pictures nor song and dance. If someone were waiting outside your door to take your prosperity and force your children into poverty, what would you do? If that someone were waiting down the street with the same goals, what would you do? If they were sitting in a board room a few miles away, what would you do?
Would you show your assailants a funny picture or sing them a funny song? How long then? How many people must be broken and families shattered for increased profit potential, How long must we adhere to a system which treats our people as cattle and pits them in cock fights against each other. A system where money is esteemed higher than love or family or age A system that treats our families as refuse and a drain on corporate profits, where all life is considered a drain on corporate profits even schools and sickness, youth and old age.
How long then must we live in the jungles of social Darwinism and how long then before “The Miserable Ones” become the angry ones. When funny pictures are replaced by angry shouts and foreclosures are replaced by refinancing and bank bonuses are replaced with jail sentences.
“If this paper is wet it's because I am crying so bad. You know your dad loves you more than anything.... There are many, many great years ahead for you. Not so for me." -–Steven Cross